U.S. Business Travel to Europe Continues After Paris Attacks

Photo via Wikimedia/Rene Ehrhardt
Photo via Wikimedia/Rene Ehrhardt

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. business travel buyers say their company’s travel to Europe will remain largely unaffected by the recent attacks on Paris, according to a poll by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in the days following the attacks.

A majority (57%) reported “no change” while another 16% reported only “slight reductions” in their company’s travel to Europe, according to the poll. Only 10% reported that they have temporarily suspended travel to Paris.

The vast majority of U.S. business travel buyers — 93% — believe that it is important that travel to Europe continue as usual despite the recent terrorist attacks on Paris, according to the poll.

“This initial survey shows the resiliency of business travel in the face of these horrific attacks,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO. “However, corporations, governments and the business travel industry must continue to work closely together to ensure a global travel system that is both safe and secure.”

This survey of GBTA members was conducted online between Nov. 18 and 20. In total, 169 U.S.-based travel buyers participated in the survey.

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